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This tea was a complete surprise to me. I ordered it along with a pu-erh to try on a whim. (I had had a terrible experience with another pu-erh.) Yep, two teas at once.

I’d estimate that the steep time was about 3 minutes 30 seconds… about as long as it took me to pay, collect my bags (yes, plural) and walk around the block to my car.

The tea smelled amazingly yummy. I didn’t get to smell the dry tea and didn’t think to ask. I was so in awe of this new tea house. (New to me, that is.) There was absolutely no bitterness to the tea. It had a very full taste to it. Yes, it did have some floral tones to it, but it did not overtake the strong oolong base.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

Ok now this has confused me for awhile… why are the Steepster tea ratings different than those doled out by reviewers?? Even on those I add to the database myself, Steepster gives the tea a different score than I do!!
I’m glad you had a better Osmanthus experience this time :)

Angrboda

It’s because it’s not a plain average. They use a different statistical model, the name of which I can’t currently remember. The purpose of it is that if four out of five people really like a tea and give it between say 75 and 80 points and the last of the four really hate it and gave it only 5 points, the calculated site rating wouldn’t be completely thrown by the one person who disliked it.

Indigobloom

aha, I suppose that makes sense… it’s more of a median than an average. It seems less arbitrary now that I know :)

QuiltGuppy

I remember reading a thread on the way the teas are scored, too. A lot of people were confused about how it’s actually calculated and why you can score a tea, but not write a note, and then the scoring doesn’t post. It was interesting.

The osmanthus was really good this time! I need to get more and if you’re interested, I can send you some to try.

Indigobloom

There has to be a better code that they could use…this one is just confusing and inaccurate.
ohhhh I couldn’t trouble you for that! Osmanthus is tempting though :)

QuiltGuppy

Well, I am going to get more anyway…

Indigobloom

hmmm, maybe I can send you some Coconut Oolong in return, if you’re interested :)

QuiltGuppy

It’s a deal. :)

Indigobloom

yay! does the package you sent me have a return addy?

QuiltGuppy

Yes, and I’m hoping it reaches you soon.

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Indigobloom

Ok now this has confused me for awhile… why are the Steepster tea ratings different than those doled out by reviewers?? Even on those I add to the database myself, Steepster gives the tea a different score than I do!!
I’m glad you had a better Osmanthus experience this time :)

Angrboda

It’s because it’s not a plain average. They use a different statistical model, the name of which I can’t currently remember. The purpose of it is that if four out of five people really like a tea and give it between say 75 and 80 points and the last of the four really hate it and gave it only 5 points, the calculated site rating wouldn’t be completely thrown by the one person who disliked it.

Indigobloom

aha, I suppose that makes sense… it’s more of a median than an average. It seems less arbitrary now that I know :)

QuiltGuppy

I remember reading a thread on the way the teas are scored, too. A lot of people were confused about how it’s actually calculated and why you can score a tea, but not write a note, and then the scoring doesn’t post. It was interesting.

The osmanthus was really good this time! I need to get more and if you’re interested, I can send you some to try.

Indigobloom

There has to be a better code that they could use…this one is just confusing and inaccurate.
ohhhh I couldn’t trouble you for that! Osmanthus is tempting though :)

QuiltGuppy

Well, I am going to get more anyway…

Indigobloom

hmmm, maybe I can send you some Coconut Oolong in return, if you’re interested :)

QuiltGuppy

It’s a deal. :)

Indigobloom

yay! does the package you sent me have a return addy?

QuiltGuppy

Yes, and I’m hoping it reaches you soon.

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I’m a middle school teacher of French, Spanish, ESL and reading intervention. I’m also a mom to two young children.

I’ve always been a tea lover. When I lived in France during college, I really loved the tisanes. Over the past couple of years, I’ve branched off into loose teas. I’m not very knowledgeable about teas, but I’m really loving the learning process!

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